My four girls are about 17 weeks old, and have been the most docile, SILENT chickens that I've ever been around. They almost whispered when they would cluck, and that was only when I would bring in their treats... That all changed today! I was in my kitchen (a good 100 yards from the coop) and as I'm doing the dishes, I dang near dropped my bowl because of the racket I heard coming from one of the girls! It was the loudest clucking fit I've ever heard.... I ran out to the coop to see if a critter was in there, nope. My once silent black austrolorp was perched on the roof singing her heart out. I then thought...OH MY GOD, IS THIS HER EGG SONG?? Alas, no egg. What on earth happened to her? She sang for a good 10 minutes- and I'm REALLY hoping that our neighbors (who are, as far as I can tell, oblivious to the fact that we have chickens) dont freak out. Is this normal "coming of age" stuff? Am I destined to have a noisy hen once she starts this?